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Department of Physical Therapy News

The Physical Therapy Department offers a doctorate of physical therapy degree designed to prepare students for entry into the profession. Students are prepared as generalists, but then have an opportunity to investigate the orthopedic, pediatric, and geriatric specializations through clinical exposures and student research opportunities. The curriculum provides a comprehensive background in the art and science of physical therapy and prepares graduates for state licensure examination eligibility.

Current Physical Therapy News

Outdoor portrait of Stacy Palacios-Esparza.
People | June 15, 2020

The administrative assistant III and business student shares tips on keeping her life organized and productive.

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Research | May 28, 2020

Physical therapy professor Szu-Ping Lee relies on patients – particularly veterans and seniors – as well as clinicians to help guide his research on ways to improve mobility after limb loss.

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Business and Community | May 27, 2020
The university recognizes faculty and student for their work to improve the wellbeing of Southern Nevadans.
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Campus News | March 16, 2020

U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top graduate and professional schools ranks 22 UNLV programs within nation’s top 100 in their field.

Thessa Hilgenkamp, performing an ultrasound.
People | November 4, 2019

The first NIH-funded project at UNLV for this physical therapy professor will focus on people with Down Syndrome.

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Research | October 24, 2019

UNLV researchers monitored the motion of the thoracic spine, lumbar spine, and knee as part of the testing process.

Physical Therapy In The News

Medical Daily
January 14, 2019

While working on the computer, we slip into autopilot so often that we fail to realize when we ended up in that familiar position - leaning forward without support, head bent down, and eyes close to the monitor.

Fox 5 Atlanta
October 9, 2018

If you're a slumper, straighten up! Doctors say they're seeing a jump in patients coming in with neck and shoulder pain from spending too much time bent over their tablets and e-readers.

Health Line
August 30, 2018

After it’s been a day, our beds and sofas can look pretty inviting — so much so that we often sprawl stomach down on them to chill.

Chiropractic Economics
July 25, 2018

Chiropractors now have access to myriad advanced testing options.

Slate
July 17, 2018

The posture, not the time spent in front of the screen, is the first factor of these musculoskeletal disorders of a new kind.

Cincinnati Enquirer
July 12, 2018

Simply Money Advisors discuss how using a tablets and phones could cause damage to your neck.

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Recent Physical Therapy Accomplishments

June 19, 2020
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy), Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) and former UNLV student co-authors recently published an article, "Financial difficulty in community-dwelling persons with lower limb loss is associated with reduced self-perceived health and well-being” in the journal Prosthetics and Orthotics International...
March 24, 2020
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) is the recipient of the 2020 Community-Based Research Faculty Award given by the office of community engagement. He was recognized for his “Mobility and Patient Perceived Outcomes in Older Adults with Limb Loss” community-based research project in collaboration with multiple community partners. The award criteria is...
June 5, 2019
Jeffrey Montes, Richard Tandy, Jack Young, and James Navalta, (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) co-authored “A Comparison of Multiple Wearable Technology Devices Heart Rate and Step Count Measurements During Free Motion and Treadmill Based Measurements.” Montes is a current Ph.D. student. The study, which...
May 2, 2019
Kai-Yu Ho, Rachel Gross (both Physical Therapy) and Wade Gaal (Medicine) co-authored “Incomplete Fracture of the Anterior Superior Iliac Spine,” which appeared in the May issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. The article, also co-authored byAlison Nguyen of Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging, shared the clinical...
March 15, 2019
Szu-Ping Lee and Carrie Gillis (both Physical Therapy), along with Javier Ibarra, Derek Oldroyd and Ryan Zane (all '16 Doctor of Physical Therapy), co-authored “Heel-Raised Foot Posture and Weightlifting Shoes Do Not Affect Trunk and Lower Extremity Biomechanics during a Barbell Back Squat in Recreational Weight Lifters,” which appears in the...
March 6, 2019
Danny Young (Physical Therapy) co-authored an editorial titled “Inpatient Mobility Technicians: One Step Forward?” that addresses a current study focused on the feasibility and effectiveness of dedicated mobility technicians who encourage out-of-bed activities such as walking among older hospital patients. Previous study findings indicate that...